McCleod is now beat, and Eifert’s slow arching route up the numbers lands him in the vulnerable part of the zone. Easy money.
The Bengals can run that seam route from a number of personnel groupings and formations, though, and this “four verts” play against the Ravens is a great example. This is a throw that AJ McCarron can make — want to know how I know? This is AJ McCarron making this throw.
After motioning right to left, Eifert settles in behind Mohamed Sanu in the tight slot. He then runs another long, arching route as he widens out toward the numbers, and he finds himself in a soft spot in the zone.
This is not just a thought exercise. There are deadlines approaching, and hard choices for a small-market franchise that will have a tough time paying all five of its best players: Gobert, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, George Hill, and Rodney Hood. The Jazz face an urgent need for information about how those players fit.
Garret Sparks Elite Jersey “We still need to go through a process that we had hoped would be done by now,” Snyder now. “Derrick and Rudy would be the most obvious example.”
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Ah, Derrick and Rudy. The two bouncy behemoths have played 1,886 minutes together over the two-plus years since the Jazz excised Enes Kanter and stumbled upon a monster-movie defense that redefined the direction of the franchise. The results have been mostly good, even on offense, where the two can clutter the same real estate — and block driving lanes for their teammates.
With Favors eligible for a big-money extension now, six weeks after Gobert got his, the Jazz wish they had double that minutes sample to investigate. They really wish some of those minutes had come in the playoffs, so they would know whether those double-big lineups could squeeze out points against elite defenses primed for them.